Jumbo Shrimp and Couscous

This is a super fast and EASY recipe! We buy the shrimp frozen from costco or sams. I often mix together the marinade and thaw the shrimp in the marinade so the shrimp adds flavor to the marinade/sauce while it thaws. I serve it with a side salad and a nice white wine.

Shrimp and Couscous

3-4 servings

1 1/2 # Jumbo Shrimp (not cooked, peeled and  deveined)

Marinade:

1 1/2 t kosher salt

2 t freshly ground black pepper

1-2 T evoo

1/2 c lemon juice

2 T minced garlic

1 T cumin seeds

1 t chipotle pepper flakes

1 T roughly chopped fresh rosemary or dry.  If using ground rosemary drop to 1 t

1 T roughly chopped marjoram or 1 t dry (I ground)

1 T fresh thyme or 1 T dry.  If using ground drop to 1 t

Mix together marinade ingredients.  Add shrimp and marinade for 1 hour.

Grill shrimp on george forman or whatever you like to grill on.  Do not overcook or they will be rubbery.  I usually do 2-3 minutes/side…when the color is pink/white through then they are done.

While the shrimp is cooking reduce the marinade in a sauce pan over low/med until it thickens a bit.  Probably 5-7 min is good.

In a small pot add evoo, black pepper, cumin seeds, and chipotle pepper and cook on low/med until warm.  Add onion and cook for 2-3 minutes.  Add remainder of ingredients (including the couscous) and stir well.  Add water and bring to boil.  Cover and let sit for 4-5 minutes.

Couscous (3-4 servings)

1/2 c finely chopped red onion

1 T fresh parsley

1/8 c toasted pine nuts

1/8 c currants, raisins or dried cranberries

1 T freshly ground black pepper

1 t sea salt or kosher

1 T brown sugar

1 T chili powder

1 T EVOO

Before you start grilling the shrimp get the couscous going.

In a small pot add evoo, black pepper, cumin seeds, and chipotle pepper and cook on low/med until warm.  Add onion and cook for 2-3 minutes.  Add remainder of ingredients (including the couscous).  Add water and bring to boil.  Cover and let sit for 4-5 minutes.

Serve the shrimp over the cousous and drizzle the sauce over the top of the dish.  Finish with some chopped cilantro or green onions.

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